Daily ponderings…

This past week I took a roadtrip of the Southeast to go to a technology conference (DevLink) and to hang out with some great people (Becky, Cathy, Rob, Eric, Kevin, Laura, Lori, Andrew). It was a blast, very relaxing and uplifting.

I ended up going from Nashville to Birmingham to Atlanta and home again. It provided for a lot of time to listen to music and to just think – something that I’ve need some time to do with the crainess of life. I’ve finally realized (and yes, all of you that have been hitting me over the head, fine, you’ve made your point) that no one is looking after me (‘cept for maybe Mom up in heaven?). In as much, I’m starting to wonder why for so long I’ve worked so hard to care for others, constantly putting them first rather than looking after myself. I’ve let the days slip by one by one, the seasons drifting by like a leaf to the ground, slowly wading downward occasionally caught by an updraft prolonging the inevitable crashing to the surface and being trampled upon.

It’s not that we shouldn’t care for others, we’re commanded in the Bible to love one another. But gaining a little perspective on life and seeing things from 600 miles distance, I realize that most people are very selfish – why should I be the pinata that they’re constantly hitting with a wiffle bat?

Nonetheless, over the past few months I have come to realize more and more the value of life and how we waste it so aimlessly and trivially. I’ve pushed myself out of my regular ways, realizing that I need to embrace life and those that I consider loved ones nearby.

They say you only live once. What will your life’s legacy display? Will you have lived a life worthy of tales or will you look back wishing that you had left a mark only to realize you only be known as the servant of others?

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3 thoughts on “Daily ponderings…

  1. You have some heavy duty thoughts in this piece, Dan. And with many of your ideas I can agree. On the other hand, as your wonderful mother would probably say, we don’t just live for ourselves, we are to live for the glory of God. Some of Carolyn’s favorite verses: Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. (Philippians 2.3) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. (Eccl 9:10) “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. (1 Cor 10:23) So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Cor 10:31) I think Carolyn’s legacy is one of being a servant to many many people – maybe even trying to do too much for too many. How to find the correct balance? How to leave a margin of space around the edge of the page? When we become Christ followers, the focus of our lives – our actions and our words – is no longer on us, but on the use of our lives for God’s glory and the spread of the Gospel. All of this is definitely one of the great challenges of life. As Lon Solomon says, “Not a sermon, just a thought.”

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